Baby Spinach and Red Pepper Rice

This is a delicious take on risotto, made completely in the microwave.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living Food for Today

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Other Time: 23 Minutes


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup MAHATMA Extra Long Grain White Rice
  • 2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded Italian six-cheese blend
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup jarred chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 3 cups firmly packed fresh baby spinach


  1. 1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes. Stir in rice, and microwave at HIGH 2 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir in 2 3/4 cups broth and 1/4 cup wine. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. (Do not vent.) Microwave at HIGH 9 minutes. Carefully swirl bowl without uncovering (to incorporate the mixture), and microwave at HIGH 8 minutes. Carefully remove and discard plastic wrap. Stir in cheese and 1/4 cup chicken broth, stirring 30 seconds to 1 minute or until creamy. Add up to 1/4 cup additional broth, 1 Tbsp. at a time, for desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. 3. Stir in red peppers and spinach, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until spinach is wilted.
  4. Note: We tested with a 1,100-watt microwave oven and a 1 1/2-liter glass bowl. We found that press-and-seal plastic wrap will not work in this application.
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